The ability for a system to recover from a failure induced by load, attacks, and failures.

A resilient workload has the capability to recover when stressed by load (more requests for service), attacks (either accidental through a bug, or deliberate through intention), and failure of any component in the workload's components.

A resilient workload not only recovers, but recovers in an amount of time that is desired. This is often called a recovery time objective (RTO). Within a workload, there is often a desire to not degrade, but to be capable of servicing the workload's requests during the recovery of a component. The study and practice of this implementation is known as Recovery Oriented Computing.

Define the allowable time of recovery.